Irish. Question, No. 14.]
THE "IRISH WORLD.
What THE "IRISH WORLD" says of the HOME RULE BILL,
[Extract from the "Irish World and American Industrial Advocate,"
April 17, 1886.]
"If I were working for the dismemberment of the British
Empire I could not desire anything better than Mr. Gladstone's
BilL It contrives to take away from Irishmen every induce-
ment tb wish that Empire well, and lays the financial founda-
tions for endless and embittered international controversies.
There is such a thing in this country as State patriotism and
Union patriotism. Under a federal arrangement Irishmen might „
if well treated, carry in their hearts this duplex sentiment —
national patriotism, of course, being the stronger. But if they
are expelled, as the Bill proposes, from Westminster and from
all participation in the government of the Empire, they cer-
tainly can take no interest in its integrity or prosperity.
" The more one reflects on the question, the plainer it becomes
that there is no other alternative than total separation and
federation. The former is our maximum, and the latter our
minimum demand. The only satisfactory federation would be
such as gives to Ireland complete control of her local affairs, and
allows her to exist as a democratic Eepublic in partnership with
monarchical England. Under such an arrangement Norway
and Sweden exist. And there is no insuperable obstacle to
federation as the only method of maintaining Irish freedom and
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WHAT THE "IRISH WORLD" SAYS OF MR. GLADSTONE.
[Extract from, the' " Irish World," April 17,1886.]
"We have written severe things of Gladstone, but nothing that
we have ever written of him do we now take back, although, of
course, we should and would take it back did conscience tell
as it did him injustice; but conscience makes no such demand
"Gladstone has been one of the most ruthless tyrants that
-ever afflicted Ireland. Like Cromwell, however, he is a pharisee,
not a hypocrite. A hypocrite is a person who knows himself to
be a knave ; a pharisee is one who believes himself to be a truly
good man. Gladstone has immense faith in himself. His
political life is full of flagrant contradictions ; but as if uncon-
scious of his inconsistencies, he never apologises for having
abandoned a former position, but moves right on to new ground
with, the seeming innocence of a boy.
"The Bill, little as we prize it, may be defeated ; even should it
pass, it -cannot, on its merits, bring Ireland that prosperity and
contentment that we would desire for her.
"It is not :respectable, we know, to say anything in favour of
dynamite,; but we had rather feel like an honest man than to be
thought to be respectable ; but dynamite itself can lift its head
-and look the respectabilities in the face, when their Grand Old
Man, whose spittle they deem it an honour to lick, makes the
avowal that the influence which induces -England to make con-
cessions to Ireland is ' an influence akin to fear/ At the same
time we do not love disorder ; we do not love violence for its own
sake; .we sincerely wish that Gladstone could honestly say, and
that we could honestly .believe that England, in making con-
cession to Ireland, was influenced not by fear, but by justice ; but
history and common sense tell us otherwise, and, therefore, we
say, if the present peaceful effort fail after a fall, fair, and honest
trial, the Irish people will be entirely justified to resort to other
methods to redeem their country."
THE "IRISH WOELD" ON SEPARATION.
[Extract from the " Irish World " of May 8, 1886.]
"It would not even be a free colony like Canada or Queens
land, but would be a colony in leading-strings, a Crown colony
like Jamaica in everything but name. The self-governing
colonies do not contribute to the Imperial Exchequer ; but
Ireland is to be a tribute-paying Jamaica, and a Beceiver-
General is to be appointed to grab all the taxes in the interest
of foreign bondholders, as the English .Eeceiver-General in
Cairo grabs the Egyptian revenues. The fact is that every
arrangement short of separation must leave Ireland in the posi-
tion of a province. Eor eighty * five years they have been trying
to make her a province* of iEngland, and have failed. But Home
Bulean any shape will leave her a province of the Empire. If
the Lord-Lieutenant is an essential feature of it, the whole >Bill
should be rejected. There cannot be any Irish independence,
any real autonomy, any restored nationhood, with a foreign
master. We trust that the Irish -representatives, every man of
them, will announce boldly, solemnly, and distinctly that unless
the despotic Lord-Lieutenancy be abolished they will not sup-
port the Bill. They must either do this by their votes, or place
Irish liberty and independence beneath an alien despot's heel."
"THE BELLIGERENT CODE" OF THE "IRISH WORLD."
[Extract from the "Irish World. 3 '']
" We are at war, and the belligerent code of our own making,
which we lay down, is that x we shall set fire to London in 500
places at once ; that we shall burn and blow up people in the
street at random ; that we shall kill by bombs and fire and knife,
and care nothing as to whom or how many we kill, so long
as they are found within the four corners of England. We
have no grievance— we advance no reasons. We
simply say we want a certain thing, and we shall
have it because we think fit. Else indiscriminate
Perhaps readers of these extracts will say that the opinion of
the Irish World matters very little, and that the sentiments here
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expressed are only " tall talk '' with which the Parnellite party
has no sympathy, and which would not weigh in the least with
the Leaders of an Irish Parliament. Unfortunately, we cannot
take this view if we look into the facts. They show beyond
doubt that the Irish World is truly representative of the
Nationalist sentiment and policy, and has been openly acknow-
ledged by Mr. Parnell and his followers. Let the facts speak
THE "IRISH WORLD" IS MR. PARNELL'S -UNOFFICIAL
Mr. Parnell was openly challenged in the House of Commons
with his connection with the Irish World, which was declared
to be the official organ of the Land League. Mr. Parnell denied
that it was his " official organ. v — " Unofficial, then ? " was the-
reply. — " Yes," said the Nationalist leader.
The Irish World is under the special patronage of Mr. Parnell
himself. See his " special cable to the editor of the Irish
Worlds from which the following is taken : —
" Thanks to the Irish World and its readers for their constant
co-operation and substantial support in our great cause. Lefc
them have no fear for its ultimate success.
11 (Signed) Chakles Btewabt Pabnell.
January 26, 1881. "
Remember that the greater part of the money received and
spent by Mr. Parnell was collected by the Irish World. Remember
that the Irish World has repeatedly and openly called for, and
rejoiced in, outrage and murder.
What shall be said of a Leader and of a Party that are content
to be in the pay of the Irish World ?
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